The Good Gym
This is a bloody brilliant idea. Here it is: Why do exercise just for the sake of exercise? Why not put all that energy and effort to some good use? The Good Gym matches getting fit with doing good deeds in the community.
The group meets at York Hall, Bethnal Green. You then run together to somewhere in Tower Hamlets that needs a bit of muscle. You provide the muscle. You run back again.
This week’s mission was to help the Films on Fridges crew add the final touches to their strange and exciting project: Out of the wasteland of discarded fridges at the Olympic site emerges a pop up cinema. Made of fridges. They’ll be showing sport-related films in honour of the Olympics as of tonight, exactly one year before the Games begin.
We ran 3.5k, cleaned some fridges, painted some stuff, shifted some pallets, added some fridge magnets, waved goodbye, and ran back again.
The atmosphere was great, and the people were lovely, interesting and inspiring. It left me with a warm glow from more than just the running. My only disappointment was that our crack team of fixers didn’t get to wear capes and masks.
The regular group runs aren’t all that The Good Gym has to offer though. At the core of this project are the permanent volunteers. Each is matched with an isolated, elderly local person, who they make part of their running routine and go to visit each week. They change lightbulbs, have a chat, take the bins out etc. Like I say, outstanding idea.
At the moment, the project is growing. It has the potential to be a huge, countrywide, even international, thing. I really hope so. So please get involved.
Also, if you get a chance, head down to Films on Fridges some time between now and 13th August.